Alec Soth: Sleeping By The Mississippi

20th Sep 2017 - 21st Oct 2017

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20 September – 21 October 2017

Beetles+Huxley are delighted to host the first exhibition in London to focus on Alec Soth’s critically acclaimed photographic series Sleeping by the Mississippi. One of the defining publications in the photo-book era, Sleeping by The Mississippi is a seminal body of work from the recent history of photography. The exhibition includes over twenty-five colour prints, including one never-before-exhibited photograph.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the latest MACK edition of the book, which also includes two previously unpublished images. First published by Steidl in 2004, Sleeping by the Mississippi was Soth’s first book, sold through three editions, and established him as one of the leading lights of contemporary photographic practice. Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River between 1999 and 2002, Sleeping by the Mississippi captures America’s iconic yet often neglected ‘third coast.’ Soth’s richly descriptive, large-format colour photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors.

Like Robert Frank’s classic The Americans, Sleeping by the Mississippi merges a documentary style with poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organising structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust. Thirteen years since the book was first published, the artist’s lyrical view has undoubtedly acquired new meanings – ones in which hope, fear, desire and regret coalesce in the evocative journey along this mythic river.

 

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Works

Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, 2002

Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, 2002

Alec Soth

Peter’s Houseboat, Winona, MN, 2002

Peter’s Houseboat, Winona, MN, 2002

Alec Soth

Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, 2002

Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, 2002

Alec Soth

Harbor Marina (Morning), Memphis, Tn, 2000

Harbor Marina (Morning), Memphis, Tn, 2000

Alec Soth

Dallas (Vagabond Path Book), 2002

Dallas (Vagabond Path Book), 2002

Alec Soth

Luxora, Arkansas, 2002

Luxora, Arkansas, 2002

Alec Soth

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 2002

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 2002

Alec Soth

Holt Cemetery, New Orleans, La, 2002

Holt Cemetery, New Orleans, La, 2002

Alec Soth

The Farm, Angola State Prison, La, 2002

The Farm, Angola State Prison, La, 2002

Alec Soth

Home, Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota, 2000

Home, Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota, 2000

Alec Soth

Green Island, Iowa (Ball Of String), 2002

Green Island, Iowa (Ball Of String), 2002

Alec Soth

Hotel, Dallas City, Illinois, 2002

Hotel, Dallas City, Illinois, 2002

Alec Soth

Immaculate Conception Church, Kaskaskia, Il, 2002

Immaculate Conception Church, Kaskaskia, Il, 2002

Alec Soth

Jimmie’s Apartment, Memphis, Tn, 2002

Jimmie’s Apartment, Memphis, Tn, 2002

Alec Soth

Baton Rouge, La, 2002

Baton Rouge, La, 2002

Alec Soth

Charles Lindbergh’s Boyhood Bed, Little Falls, Minnesota, 1999

Charles Lindbergh’s Boyhood Bed, Little Falls, Minnesota, 1999

Alec Soth

Green Island, Iowa, 2002

Green Island, Iowa, 2002

Alec Soth

Hickman, Kentucky, 2002

Hickman, Kentucky, 2002

Alec Soth

Kym, Polish Palace, Minneapolis, Mn, 2000

Kym, Polish Palace, Minneapolis, Mn, 2000

Alec Soth

Jessie’s Prayer Room, Memphis, Tn, 2002

Jessie’s Prayer Room, Memphis, Tn, 2002

Alec Soth

Celebrity Room, Brainerd, Mn, 2002

Celebrity Room, Brainerd, Mn, 2002

Alec Soth

Herman’s Bed, Kenner, Louisiana, 2002

Herman’s Bed, Kenner, Louisiana, 2002

Alec Soth

Crystal, Easter, New Orleans, La, 2002

Crystal, Easter, New Orleans, La, 2002

Alec Soth

Bonnie, Port Gibson, Mississippi, 2002

Bonnie, Port Gibson, Mississippi, 2002

Alec Soth

Sunshine, Memphis, Tn, 2000

Sunshine, Memphis, Tn, 2000

Alec Soth

Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, LA, 2002

Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, LA, 2002

Alec Soth

Lenny, Minneapolis, Mn, 2002

Lenny, Minneapolis, Mn, 2002

Alec Soth

Venice, Louisiana, 2003

Venice, Louisiana, 2003

Alec Soth

Helena, Arkansas (Bed In Water), 2002

Helena, Arkansas (Bed In Water), 2002

Alec Soth

Cemetery, Fountain City, Iowa, 2002

Cemetery, Fountain City, Iowa, 2002

Alec Soth

Patrick, Palm Sunday, Baton Rouge, La, 2002

Patrick, Palm Sunday, Baton Rouge, La, 2002

Alec Soth

Charles, Vasa, Mn, 2002

Charles, Vasa, Mn, 2002

Alec Soth

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